Collegiate Corner

Published May 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In just its second season in the league, Oakland University’s softball program has won a Horizon League Championship after defeating Wright State University 7-3 May 9 in the championship game of the Horizon League Softball Championship.

Oakland earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the opportunity to host after winning the Horizon League regular season title.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In his NFL.com profile, a scout said of 2010 Clinton Township Clintondale graduate Letterius Walton that he will be “one of those guys who ends up being an NFL player nobody sees coming.”

Walton, a defensive lineman at Central Michigan University, will get the chance to prove the scout right after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 2 during the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft. Walton, who earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2014, was selected with pick 199 in the sixth round.

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Published May 11, 2015

Oakland University’s track and field program had an opportunity to host a postseason event for the first time on its new track facility, as the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Oakland Track and Field Facility from May 1-3.

Aside from making history with its new facility, Oakland did the same with its performance, as the 110 points scored by the men’s team and the 101 points by the women’s squad were the highest outdoor point total in program history.

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Published May 4, 2015

While being a college student is an exciting time in the lives of many young adults, the experiences that Wayne State University student/athlete Brittany Streetman has had are pretty unique.

Streetman’s play at Warren Lincoln High School afforded her the opportunity to play basketball for Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Since donning the Warriors uniform, she has been a part of three teams that have made it to the NCAA Tournament.

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Published April 30, 2015

The men’s and women’s golf programs from Oakland University each finished in second place at the Horizon League Championship, which took place April 24-26 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the women’s team at the championship.

Oakland sophomore Morgan Smith finished second at the tournament, which is the best individual finish in program history. She finished the tournament one stroke behind Emily Dixon from Youngstown State University.

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Published April 23, 2015

Gary Bryce is in his 34th season as the softball coach at Wayne State University.

During his tenure, Wayne State has made it to the NCAA Tournament 19 times and has advanced as far as the NCAA Division II College World Series three times. That kind of track record helps to create a healthy program.

“I think we’re one of the top Division II programs in the country, year in, year out,” said Bryce, who acknowledged the great job by his assistants.

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Published April 19, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In recent years, a genuine rivalry seems to have developed between athletic teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University.


The person who may have the most unique perspective regarding that rivalry is Mark Engel. After spending 24 seasons as Detroit’s men’s golf coach, he is now the interim coach at Oakland, as he joined the Golden Grizzlies staff last summer.


“The folks at Oakland have really made me feel welcome,” Engel said.

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Published April 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s men’s basketball team has had one former player pass away from cancer, another player lose his mother to cancer and another whose “father is going through it,” according to head coach Greg Kampe.

Kampe also has some friends who have been touched by cancer.

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Published April 14, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Love at first sight doesn’t only apply to people and interpersonal relationships.

For Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Grace Cooke, it applies to her feelings once she set foot onto the campus of Colorado Springs-based Colorado College. Cooke, a member of the Chippewa Valley chapter of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade-point average, earned an academic scholarship to the private school. Cooke will play volleyball at the school, as well.

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Published April 8, 2015

While there are a lot of things a college coach can say to entice a potential recruit, Wayne State University women’s golf head coach Mike Horn had a selling point that may have been challenging for competitors to match — the opportunity to make history.

Although Wayne State, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, has had a men’s golf program for many years, it didn’t have a women’s golf team.

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Published March 31, 2015

This past season, Rochester College men’s basketball coach Klint Pleasant won his 100th game since taking over head coaching duties for the Warriors.

The achievement came in what was just Pleasant’s fourth season as Rochester College’s head coach.

“It means a whole lot,” said Pleasant, who also added that it is a “blessing to be able to do what I’m doing.”

During his tenure as head coach, Rochester College has won a USCAA national championship (2012-2013) and finished as runner-up another season.

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Published March 26, 2015

The Horizon League Golf Championship is scheduled for April 24-26 at Las Colinas in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, and if recent history is any indication, the road to the women’s title may have to go through the University of Detroit Mercy.

The Titans have won three of the last five championships and will enter this season’s tournament as back-to-back champions.

Given all the recent success, it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the expectation level is high within Detroit’s program.

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Published March 19, 2015

Wayne State University's men's and women's tennis programs are scheduled to host a Make-A-Wish fundraising event March 21 at the Peachtree Tennis Club in Clinton Township.

The event will feauture games and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wayne State men's head tennis coach Bryan Morrow was quoted in a release.

"We are excited to host an event where 100 percent of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. I want to thank Peachtree Tennis Club for hosting this event. We are looking forward to a fun night."

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Published March 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The season has come to a close for the Oakland University men's basketball team, as it fell 97-91 to Eastern Illinois in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament March 17 at the Athletics Center O'rena.

Oakland had won 11 consecutive home games prior to its loss to Eastern Illinois. It was Oakland's fourth appearance in the CIT and its first loss at home, as the team now has a 4-1 home record in the CIT.

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Published February 25, 2015

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The Macomb Community College women's basketball team won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference title following a 48-44 overtime win against Mott Community College Feb. 25 at the Sports & Expo Center in Warren.

The Monarchs (13-3 MCCAA Eastern Conference, 22-6 overall) were trailing 42-40 until St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School graduate Carly Vargo made two free throws to tie the game at 42 with 1.9 seconds remaining on the game clock.

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Published February 4, 2015

While having to decide which sport to play at the collegiate level may seem like a good problem to have, for Macomb L’Anse Creuse North graduate Tyler Sirut, it left him with a difficult decision to make.

According to Sirut, he was getting looks from Division II and Division III schools to play football, as he was a three-year varsity player for LCN, where he played on the defensive line. And then there was the opportunity he was offered to compete for Oakland University’s NCAA Division I Track & Field program.

Not an easy call to make.

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Published July 8, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — While the transition from high school to collegiate athletics can be challenging for many athletes, former West Bloomfield High cross country and track runner Erin Finn seems to have adjusted just fine, as evidenced by coming away from her freshman season at the University of Michigan with some lofty accomplishments.

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Published May 14, 2014

Up until his junior year at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, if you would have asked Israel Helms, whose hometown is Southfield, about his prospects for making it to the NCAA as a football player, he might have told you he didn’t think he had much of a shot.

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Published April 16, 2014

BERKLEY — When she was approximately 16 years old, current University of Detroit Mercy track and field athlete Brandee Hart decided to act on a suggestion by her mother that changed the direction of her life.

While she was a student at Berkley High School, when it came to athletics, Hart’s primary focus was basketball. If any sport was going to lead to a college scholarship, as far as she was concerned, it was going to be basketball.

But her mother, Sylvia, had a different idea. She thought her daughter was “naturally good” at track and field.

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Published March 4, 2014

ROCHESTER — The men's basketball game between No. 6 seed Oakland University and No. 7 seed Youngstown State University was the first time a postseason league game was ever played inside the O'Rena, and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage of the opportunity, coming away with a 96-92 overtime victory in an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament.

Despite trailing by eight points with under three minutes remaining on the clock, Oakland got some big shots toward the end of regulation to force overtime.

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